Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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927 Ratings

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 386
Photo of Michael-GT
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Great looking beer. Pours a medium brown with a fluffy head.

Smell: Smells slightly hoppy.

Taste: amazing. I look forward to this during the winter season.

Feel: Medium-light mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Overall: great beer. I always look forward to drinking this. I wish I'd have hoarded away a few 6 packs of this for the summer.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Pours red with a nice off white head. Smells of some earthy tones, little piney. Tastes of piney taste and maltiness. Beer is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Photo of classixIII
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cleaning out whats left of the Christmas swaps.
There are some of really good winter warmers out there, this isn't one of them.
Completely lacking in aroma and complexity of tastes I've come to expect in the finer examples of this style.
On the bright side, just made room for some spring and summer brews!

Photo of larryarms847
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky copper brown with a little sediment floating around and a finger of very light khaki foam.

Bready malt sweetness, dates, baking spice, and a faint hint of brown sugar.

The bready malts dominate the overall flavor, little spice or the hint of brown sugar comes out to play.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation, sweet, some herbal/piney bitterness.

Overall, a nice brew, but certainly not worth seeking out.

Photo of bwood06
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown with a light tan head that dissipates slowly. 3.75/5

S - Dates. White toasted bread. Very light hint of hops. 3.5/5

T - Taste follows the smell nicely. A bit of dark stone fruit followed by a toasted white bread followed up by a bit of earthy hops. Hops are not very prevalent. Dominated by the notes of dates and bread. Maybe a bit of leather as well. 3.75/5

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not really heavy but not really light either. Not nearly as heavy as many winter time ales. 3.5/5

O - Good beer to drink in the winter time. More of a beer to drink several of rather than a single one with dinner. Not as heavy as expected. 3.5/5

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty! It is full of spices and excellent during the winter time.

Photo of ZacCary
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I personally love this seasonal ale. My local liquor store had a few extra bottles, lucky for me!

Photo of Matt2509
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living a mile away from Great Lakes it's hard to find a Christmas Ale better than GL's. This beer may have done just that.

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Christmas Ale pours brilliant garnet tinged chestnut under a thin, off-white foam cap that marks each drink with a thin line. Dried fruit on the nose accompanies dark sugar and cake aromas. Dark, rich cakey bread leads the palate with spice, figs and a suspicion of cherry sweetened with light molasses with an earthy hop presence in the background.

Photo of Robloc303
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber, nice head, great aroma of malt and spices. A tad bitter on the end but a great balance of flavors. Not exactly a winter warmer, but a good beer!

Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brownish copper in color. Good malt backbone. Decent hop bitter finish.

A decent, but certainly not extraordinary, winter warmer.

Photo of Pukstopper
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cooper color into a pint glass from a bottle. Head fades and leaves some lacing.
You can taste the usual Christmas flavors which is better than the last beer ( see review of Rogue Santa special) not inspiring but better then what was on draft.
Not the worst Christmas beer out there.

Photo of JerryT
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful Christmas Ale. Beautiful color and foamy head, with a warm, delightful bready flavor. Sweet, smooth and flavorful.

Photo of KTCamm
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12/20...pours light brown, touches of foam on top. Minor nose, caramel malts, bready. Tasty malt open, buried spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and a tightly packed hop at the finish. Incongruous.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring beer into a glass is overrated, so I won't comment on the color on this pass. It tastes more vanillay than most other winter warmers. It's as if Breck just tweak their Vanilla porter recipe to get this brew. It does stack up higher than the average beer in regards to abv but the elevated alcohol content is not discernible in the taste. Malt caramel flavors up front.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit and caramel. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Subtle hints of cinnamon and clove spicing. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle fruit hints of apple, fig, and dates. Light earthy hop hints.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and nutty malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toast, nuts, and yeast. Light spice notes of clove and cinnamon. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Fruit undertones with notes of apple, fig, and dates. Subtle earthy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Winter Warmer. The winter spice is very subtle but there is a nice toasty caramel malt flavor.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this poured into my mug. Decent amount of off-white head, average lacing, average carbonation. Notes of hazelnut and molasses, but nothing too strong. The color is a medium brown, very inviting. Frankly would have just liked more flavor.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Breckenridge Xmas ale is ok....the beer poured ruby amber with thin slightly offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries slight lactose and some spices. The taste is bitter thou the draw and a funky after taste. The body is medium with decent carbonation. Overall....its ok...

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Your basic Christmas ale nothing special but drinkable

Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown-amber in color, topped with a tan head. Nice looking beer overall.

Nose is fairly neutral and malty, but with a hint of spicy hops, and a little bit of warming alcohol.

"Apple" is my first impression. It tastes like a ripe apple dipped in a spicy, boozy caramel sauce. Hop use is -by today's standards- minimal, but appropriate or the style, and this beer straddles the lines (which often blur between winter warmer / Old Ale / traditional British barley wine) very adeptly.

It's been a while since I've had this (ten years already?), but this one is as good for the style as I remember it being.

Body and mouthfeel are both very good. It's not too thin, it's not too boozy-hot, it is easily-drinkable, and is probably dangerously-drinkable at this strength. So it's a very good sipper

Definitely worth re-visiting.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

This brew pours a brown color with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a small off white head which does not last long with moderate lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet malts along with some nuts and floral hops.

The taste follows the nose with a rich sweet malt body, followed by a nutty taste then a cherry taste. There is a nice hop finish, slightly spicy hops. Just a hint of alcohol leaks through. The mouthfeel is thick and bready.

Overall this is a decent winter warmer; it is worth a try.

Photo of icecubeeater
2/5  rDev -43%

maybe I'm just uncultured but it tastes like a christmas tree

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Has a kind of wintery feeling to it, good for those family gatherings you really hate. But - it isn't so high in alcohol that you'll be stumbling around, tripping over a string of christmas lights, embarrassing your wife and validating the dislike the inlaws have always had for you. Plus the label is nice and festive! It's a must-have for late november and all of december.

Photo of y0tommyb
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

I got a 6 pack of this for 7.99 what a steal!!

A: Brown but still slightly see through nice lacing and a thin head
S: Malt, slight spices, brown sugar
T: Smooth malts, spices, brown sugar, high% alcohol but still is easy to drink
M: Smooth not too heavy not too light with a good amount of carbonation
O: Very solid Christmas Ale especially for the price, definitely give this a try if you appreciate Breckenridge's other offerings such as Vanilla Porter.

Photo of Damorneau
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Decent beer. Easy to drink

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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